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Keyboard Review: Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830 Review
      #46365 - 04/25/14 04:50 PM

Logitech has released several keyboards with built-in touchpad and mouse functions, including the TK820 all purpose keyboard. With the growth in the digital living-room market, Logitech incorporated backlighting from its popular K810 Illuminated Keyboard into the new Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830. The Logitech K830 features a slim profile, spacious and comfortable keyboard keys and a built-in touhpad that supports multi-finger touch controls. As with the other Logitech keyboards, the Logitech K830 works with your PC wirelessly.



Design

The Logitech K830 keyboard has a clean and modern design. The slim keyboard measures 14.4 x 4.9 x 0.65 inches and weighs 17.5 ounces. The 14.4" span affords the keyboard enough room for good size keys and spacious touchpad that doesn't cramp your fingers, and long mouse keys. The keyboard has a soft touch finish that feels nice in hand. The keys on the keyboard has more slippery surface but the touchpad has a slight rough texture that prevents your fingers from slipping off. One neat trick the Logitech K830 has is the additional Left Mouse button on the top left corner on the keyboard's side which works in conjunction with the touchpad so that you don't have to reach to the right side to use the left click on the mouse. The power on/off slider also lives on the side of the keyboard, so does the micro USB charging port. The keyboard comes with a USB charging cable for recharging its internal battery. There's an LED light on the top right corner indicating charging and battery status.

As the keyboard is designed for using on your lap while you're sitting on the couch most of the time, the Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard TK830 doesn't have feet on the bottom to tilt the keyboard and provide more comfortable typing angle for your wrists. Instead, the K830 has a flat bottom to allow you to lay it flat and angle it with your legs. Still we wish that keyboard had retractable feet for those times when we use it on a coffee table or a desk.



Keyboard

The Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830 connects to your PC wirelessly via Logitech's Unifying receiver. The Logitech Unifying receiver allows you to connect up to six devices including keyboards, mice and controllers that have Unifying connection support. It's easy to use - simply plug the included USB receiver into your laptop or desktop machine, the keyboard will automatically connect to your PC. If you wish to customize the Fn keys, adjust touchpad speeds and more, you can get the free software download from Logitech to do all that.

The Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard has standard layout with the Fn/symbol keys in a miniaturized size. The keys have good travel and nice dampening structure that make your typing quiet. The size of the discreet keys are perfect to fit most people. Compared to the Logitech K820, the keys on the K830 come in a different design. Gone are the incurve style keys that help position your fingertips to the center of the keys with the incurve. Instead the keys on the K830 have flat surface. The keyboard response time feels super speedy. The fast typists, like programs and gamer, will find this keyboard without any lag in response to their presses, and pressing and holding action also generate fast response. If you only need a keyboard to type up messages or URLs, it's more than adequate for the job.



Function keys abound, the Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830 offers most commonly used function keys including Windows desktop launcher, Windows Search, Media launcher and Switch application function. There's also a function key that controls the backlighting in three modes: off, on and brighten. The keyboard has an auto light sensor and will turn the backlight on or off depending on your lighting condition. You can use the function key to adjust the backlighting manually also. One thing to note, the backlight goes off after five seconds when you stop typing and turns back on when you press any key, so be sure to pick a key that doesn't launch anything on your notebook when you wake up the keyboard. You'll also find three hot keys on top of the touchpad that control the audio volume and mute on/off. The touchpad on the K830 supports Windows multi-finger gestures, and the extra left mouse button on left side gives you additional convenience.

Battery

The Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830 has a built-in rechargeable battery and on a full charge, the keyboard can last you for a week with moderate use. You can turn off the keyboard before going to bed to conserve power. It takes a few hours to charge the keyboard via computer. The LED light on the top right corner indicates low battery status, and when it's charging it pulses and it stops pulsing when the battery is fully charged.



Conclusion

The Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830 is a stylish addition to a modern living room with a slim form and clean design. The keyboard doesn't take up much room on your coffee table or on your couch. The keyboard works with any Windows 7, Windows 8 and newer PCs wirelessly via the included Unifying receiver, which is plug and play. The backlighting makes the keyboard a perfect accessories for TV watching and gaming in the dark. The keyboard has a standard layout, large keys and very quiet key presses. Both the keys and touchpad are super responsive and the extra left mouse key is very convenient. Only a couple of small things on the design to watch out for: one is the keyboard being flat-footed, no tilting ability to give your wrists relief for long period of typing; and the surface of the keys is a bit slippery.

Specs:

System Requirements
Windows 7, Windows 8 or later
Internet connection (for software download)

Dimensions

Width:
367 mm (or 14.4 inches)
Height:
125.3 mm (or 4.9 inches)
Depth:
16.5 mm (or 0.65 inches)
Touchpad size:
80 x 52 mm (or 3.1 x 2.0 inches)
Weight:
495 g (or 17.5 oz)

Warranty Information
1-Year Limited Hardware Warranty

Package Contents
Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard
Unifying receiver
USB Recharge Cable
USB Range extender
User documentation



Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4.5
What's Hot: Slim and light, has backlight, keyboard and touchpad/mouse integration.
What's Not: Not tilting type angle and the keys are a bit slippery.
Price: $99.99
Web site: Logitech

Reviewed by: Tong Zhang









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